What to Expect
The first step is always a free consultation. This appointment consists of a detailed walk through of the home. Please do NOT donate anything, you may be giving away the very things that are ESSENTIAL to a successful estate sale! MYTH: Furniture is the backbone of an estate sale, IT'S NOT. Furniture is hard to sell, it is the "littles" around the home that draw in shoppers, and everything is sell-able! Once we have seen everything and decide if there is enough for an estate sale, we discuss terms. We charge a flat commission on the gross sales, no separate labor and set-up fees, no surprise fees in the end, and no money out of your pocket ever.
NOTE: If there is a death involved and most of the items are going to family members, you may need a clean-out instead of an estate sale for the remaining things. Items that family members don't even want for free are not going to constitute and estate sale.
Typically we are in the home after it goes under contract for the 2-3 weeks up to closing. We are the last ones in the home and get it emptied for the new owners. We provide tables, display units and everything needed to create a retail atmosphere. While staging your home, we begin advertising your sale to the public using special venues specific to the estate sale community, making certain the right people know about it!
The sale should last about two-three weeks, beginning to end. Currently with how Covid has changed things, we are conducting hybrid sales being a combination of in-home and online. We begin with marketing your larger items online (locally) allowing shoppers to pre-purchase, when they come to get their purchases, we allow them to shop further in the home where all of the smaller items have been staged and priced. This cuts down on unsafe crowds in the home.
After the sale you can expect anywhere from 5% – 25% of your items to remain. What happens to the remaining items is up to you and will most likely have been discussed at the initial consultation. We can look at the remaining items together and decide from there, as there are many options available to you. The most common being a clean-out crew we organize on your behalf. Within 5 business days of the estate sale, you will receive a check from us with your percentage of the sales.